Yesterday I made a comment on Facebook essentially saying that Dean Del Mastro was pathetic for bringing his infant child to his sentencing hearing following his guilty verdict for violations of the Canada Elections Act.
The problem I had with it is that DDM didn’t bring his wife, daughter and several family members to court because he couldn’t afford a babysitter - he did it for sympathy IMO - because he doesn’t feel he deserves to be punished for his mistakes.
You hope that when people do bad things, they feel guilt and understand their wrong doing. The problem with DDM is that he doesn’t think he’s done anything wrong.
Need an example? - he continues to refer to the court’s verdict against him as an “opinion”. He keeps referring to the extensive embarrassment he and his family have experienced throughout this process but refers to it in such a way as though he’s blaming the media and the public rather than his actions for this embarrassment.
DDM says that he resigned from his role as MP “out of respect for his constituents” while failing to mention that if he had been removed from his position by the House he would have lost his sizeable government pension - a pension that he salvaged by resigning instead.
Basically what I’m saying is that my scrutiny is not of his family but rather of him for his inability to take ownership of his mistakes and be a man of integrity. My scrutiny was not based in general of all people who bring children to court because yes - there are people who have no other options.
My point is that for a man who up until the end of his tenure as MP of Peterborough wanted to redefine “life” in an effort to challenge a woman’s right to choose, arrogantly and unsuccessfully attempted to attack Margaret Atwood on copyright law and was found guilty of violating Canadian law doesn’t deserve anything other than skepticism.